June 12

Provincial correspondent gets three-month suspended prison sentence for using leaked documents

first_imgNews News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 30,000 dinars (350 euros) which a court in the city of Annaba (600 km east of Algiers) imposed yesterday on journalist Noureddine Boukraa for “violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation by use of classified documents.” The court dismissed additional charges of libel and damaging the “reputation of a state entity” brought by the prosecutor’s office, which had requested a more severe sentence.“Press offences should not be punished by prison sentences, whether suspended or not,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fragile freedoms available to journalists in Algeria need to be consolidated by means of legislative reform. Boukraa was punished despite respecting and applying the correct procedures for journalistic investigation and verification.”A correspondent for the national Arabic-language daily Ennahar, Boukraa was convicted in connection with a 12 November 2007 article in which, on the basis of leaked documents, he accused members of the police of influence-peddling.————————————————————22.10.2008 Reporters without borders urges dismissal of case after ministry seeks one year jail sentence against journalistReporters Without Borders said today it was shocked that the public ministry had called for a one-year jail sentence against journalist Noureddine Boukraa, at a court hearing in Annaba, 600 kilometres east of the capital Algiers on 13 October 2008. Sentence is due on 26 October.Boukraa, who worked for the daily newspaper Ennahar, was convicted of three charges after the public security chief in Annaba, Draia Messaoud, laid a complaint over an article on 12 November 2007, in which the journalist accused members of the local police force of influence-peddling. He was charged with “breaching the confidentiality of an investigation by using classified documents”, “damaging the reputation of a constitutional state body” and “defamation”. Messaoud, who is a civil party to the case, is claiming 60,000 dinars (700 euros) in damages.The journalist obtained his information from a former head of the security branch of the police force, who has also been charged. Boukraa was held in custody from March to June 2008. “The court has cast doubt on my profession as a journalist by charging me with telling the truth”, Boukraa told Reporters Without Borders. He said the judges did not contest the reliability of what he reported but the fact of divulging the information.“I am in now way obliged to preserve secrecy when an official stops respecting his commitment to public service and is motivated by personal gain”, he added.“Noureddine Boukraa is facing prison for having exposed nepotism within some services of the police. This case shows how some representatives of the public ministry are subjugated to local bosses and their highly-placed protectors,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“It would be completely unacceptable for the journalist to be jailed for having sought to inform the public about certain abuses. We urge the court in Annaba to dismiss and close the case”, it added. Organisation Boukraa has now left Ennahar and is working for the daily newspaper Algérie News. Algeria is ranked 121st out of 173 countries on Reporters Without Borders’ world press freedom rankings released on 22 October 2008. For more information. October 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial correspondent gets three-month suspended prison sentence for using leaked documents Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img April 29, 2021 Find out more Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en to go further Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Follow the news on Algeria News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Newslast_img read more

March 2

Phish Announces 4-Night, All-Inclusive Riviera Maya, Mexico Run For 2019

first_imgOn the heels of Labor Day Weekend’s summer-tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, today, Phish has announced the return of their four-night, all-inclusive concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2019 from February 21st to 23rd. The band started their destination-event tradition in 2016, and headed to Mexico once again in early 2017. However, the fan-favorite jam juggernaut did not return to Barcelo Maya Beach in 2018.For the 2019 edition of Phish’s Riviera Maya event, the concerts will return to Barcelo Maya Beach, a resort that sits on a mile-long stretch of white sand featuring breathtaking landscapes and pools scattered throughout the property. Furthermore, Phish and CID Presents have selected six of the region’s finest resorts for fans to stay at, with each resort offering a variety of restaurants, multiple bars, and daily activities, all included in your package price. A number of off-site adventures will also be available throughout the weekend, giving fans the opportunity to fully experience the Riviera Maya’s breathtaking natural beauty and rugged terrain during their destination music vacation.Each night, guests staying at the Barcelo Maya will take a short stroll to the beach to see Phish, while fans staying at the other associated resorts will be delivered to the concert venue via continuous, private shuttles. Once inside, guests can choose from an assortment of complimentary beverages and traditional fare (including a la carte tacos and fresh churros).Packages start at $1,713 per person and include four or five all-inclusive resort nights, admission into Playa Azul (the event’s one-of-a-kind venue), roundtrip airport transportation, and exclusive Phish merch packs for the run. An extremely limited amount of all-inclusive packages will be available at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. For more information and package details, please visit the event’s website here.For a taste of what’s to come, check out pro-shot footage of “Mercury” from Phish’s last trip to Riviera Maya in 2017 below:Phish – “Mercury” [Pro-Shot] – 1/14/17 – Riviera Maya, MX[Video: Phish]last_img read more

March 1

Pforzheimer Fellows: what they learned

first_img Read Full Story The inaugural Pforzheimer Fellows program ended with the summer, but each of the four fellows said the experience had a lasting impact on how they understand and use libraries.The program, launched earlier this year for humanities graduate students interested in learning about emerging library fields, exposed the fellows to new materials as well as to how libraries function behind the scenes. “You see things in a different way,” said James McSpadden, who worked with the Heinrich Bruning collection in the University Archives. He uses the collection extensively in his research, and spent the summer compiling rich descriptions of materials and creating a finding aid. “To make this collection that I care about available to other researchers is such an amazing experience.”At the Schlesinger Library, Bradley Craig digitized a collection about the 19th-century African American educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown, using a hover cam. Once the digitization was complete, Craig curated an online exhibit drawing on the conventions of a modern college admissions website for Brown’s now-defunct Palmer Memorial Institute.last_img read more

September 29

Supervisory board of €11bn Dutch real estate manager quits unexpectedly

first_imgThe €11bn Dutch property investor Bouwinvest is seeking a new supervisory board (RvC) after all of its four members resigned, following a reported dispute with owner BpfBouw about the investor’s strategy and organisation.The entire RvC resigned in December, while chairman Kees Beuving and member Roel Wijmenga – also chairman of the €19.4bn Philips Pensioenfonds – were to complete their statutory term at the end of December.Dick van Hal, chief executive of Bouwinvest and spokesman for the parties involved, said that the resignations were unexpected and the differing views turned out to be irreconcilable.He added that he could not provide details about the conflict. Van Hal said he didn’t recognise claims made in a recent analysis in trade journal Vastgoedmarkt, which suggested that the dispute was about Bouwinvest’s intention to increase its assets under management to €15bn in 2021. BpfBouw – the €58bn pension fund for the building sector – did not want a change, according to the journal.Vastgoedmarkt reported that regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) wanted BpfBouw to reduce its 16.5% allocation to real estate.The report also suggested that DNB had been critical of Bouwinvest’s growth target, which was in part based on investments by other pension funds. This would have reduced the pension fund’s control over Bouwinvest.However, Van Hal dismissed these suggestions as “nonsense”, pointing out that both the RvC and BpfBouw had endorsed the growth target, and that the 19% strategic property allocation of the pension fund hadn’t changed.“I would have known if DNB opposed this goal,” he said. “Moreover, BpfBouw is still by far the largest stakeholder in our investment funds.”Bouwinvest’s CEO also insisted that all parties agreed on the organisational changes needed for growth, including the extension of the executive team and new offices in Sydney and New York.According to Van Hal, the departing RvC will stay on until a new supervisory board was installed. “We aim to have filled in the vacancies no later than 1 April,” he said.BpfBouw’s Dutch property holdings are invested in five funds of Bouwinvest.Three funds for residential, retail, and offices are open to investments from other pension funds, which currently have a combined stake of €1bn. BpfBouw also invests in hotel and healthcare funds.The pension fund’s stakes in international real estate are invested in mandates for Europe ex-Netherlands, North America and Asia Pacific.last_img read more

September 28

SHI, DNV GL Partner Up on New LNG Carrier Designs

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Norway-based classification society DNV GL have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement focused on the development of new LNG carrier designs.The contract was inked at the DNV GL Group head office in Høvik during Nor-Shipping, a maritime trade fair being held in Oslo from May 30 to June 2.The JDP aims to develop two 30K LNG carrier designs, one with membrane type LNG tanks and one with type-C (pressurized) LNG tanks.The scope of the JDP covers the design review, safety analysis, market research, various structural and safety evaluations, and if successful will culminate in the award of an approval in principle (AiP) from DNV GL, according to the classification society.“The present business environment requires that the shipping industry moves further towards eco-friendly operations due to environmental concerns, recent international regulations, as well as rises in fuel oil prices,” Mun-Keun Ha, Senior Executive Vice President of SHI, said.“This new joint development project between DNV GL and SHI will improve the business strategies of both parties,” he added.“We are very pleased that SHI has chosen us to participate in the project…Offering owners and operators more options to manage their operations more efficiently and sustainably is important in today’s extremely competitive market. We look forward to the further development of the design and its future success,” Tommy Bjørnsen, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Maritime Korea & Japan, commented.As informed, the idea for a 30K LNG carrier originates from SHI’s own research. Namely, SHI decided to develop both membrane and type C designs in parallel to give owners more options and expects that some owners may opt for type-C tanks on smaller tonnage, as is common in LNG bunkering vessels.last_img read more

September 17

Murray scores 4 straight goals to start game, powers Syracuse past Stony Brook into NCAA quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 On Syracuse’s first possession, the offense appeared stagnant. It was passing the ball around the perimeter of the 12-meter arc. When the ball came to Alyssa Murray, she called out a play and stuck her index finger in the air. Then she passed the ball again, and cut toward the goal. Kayla Treanor found Murray, a fellow Tewaaraton Award finalist, whose shot found the back of net to spark an offensive explosion for Syracuse. “We set up a couple of plays off of our normal offense,” Murray said. “And it ended up opening up something that we hadn’t practiced. It was perfect. “We just ran the play and went from there.”  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMurray had Syracuse’s first four goals to jumpstart a near-flawless first half for SU. Her teammates cruised the rest of the way as second-seeded Syracuse (19-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) cruised to a 13-6 win over Stony Brook (17-4, 4-1 America East) in the second round of the NCAA tournament at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday. The Orange advances to face Boston College in the quarterfinals next weekend. “They came out and they executed from the opening whistle,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Just an awesome first half.” On Friday afternoon, Stony Brook earned the right to play Syracuse after it rode a 9-0 first-half outburst against Towson. It was the Seawolves that pounded the cage that day, making 9-of-10 first-half attempts.  On Sunday, though, the Orange took the Seawolves out of contention almost immediately. Just 25 seconds after Murray’s first goal, Katie Webster found Murray streaking across the net. She caught the pass and bounced it into the goal.She scored twice more on free-position shots just minutes later. After her second one, she flipped her stick in the air, and waited for her teammates to greet her.Against the nation’s best defense, which allows just more than four goals per game, the rout was only just beginning.   “(Murray’s) got that killer instinct,” Gait said. “She wants to win, and she comes in super focused. She had opportunities and she put the ball away.”And when the Stony Brook defense adjusted to close Murray out of the goal, her teammates struck.Kailah Kempney scored twice. Taylor Poplawski connected. Bridget Daley did as well. What was a one-woman show became a full-on throttling by much of the SU roster. “That kind of gave other people opportunities,” Murray said. “If they’re paying more attention to me, the back side or the opposite side might be open.” Stony Brook had a lively contingent of fans at the start of the game, but those fans hardly made a peep as the gap in the score widened. Nearly every possession started in the hands of the Orange. Kempney and Kirkland Locey combined to win 10-of-12 in the draw circle in the first half. Stony Brook’s best chance to work its way back in the game came with 16 seconds left in the first half as the Seawolves trailed 9-2.Courtney Murphy had a free-position shot, but Stony Brook committed a foul and Syracuse took possession with 10 seconds to go in the half. The Orange got out in transition, and Kayla Treanor found a wide-open Devon Collins to the right of the goal. She punched it in the bottom-right corner with two seconds left on the clock. What could have been 9-3 became 10-2. On a play that could have swung the momentum Stony Brook’s way, it instead left the Seawolves dejected as Syracuse’s place in the quarterfinals seemed all but assured.“For confidence on the field,” Kempney said, “getting a couple goals at the beginning is definitely helpful for our team to get the momentum going.” The second half was a formality for Syracuse. Gait emptied his bench as the lead grew to 10 and the running clock ticked away. Syracuse knows it faces a competitive road to a first national championship. It’s made the final four each of the past two seasons. But it was clear from the first few minutes on Sunday that Stony Brook would not be a tough test to overcome. “Playoff season is a second season,” Gait said. “And we’re in it. We’re 1-0.“Our goal is to be 4-0.”  Comments Related Stories Syracuse dominates draw circle in victory over Stony BrookSyracuse defense stifles Stony Brook, helps Orange win turnover battlecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16

Biegel brings ‘controlled craziness’ to Wisconsin defense

first_imgWisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen waited just one sentence at the start of his Monday afternoon news conference to single out outside linebacker Vince Biegel.And deservedly so. Biegel had just been tabbed as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after his seven tackle – four of which were tackles for loss – and three-sack performance against Purdue last Saturday.“Biegel had a tremendous game,” Andersen said in his opening comments of his news conference Monday. “[He] played very, very well. It’s great to see him have such an impact on the game in a positive way. Hopefully that can continue.”Biegel’s performance Saturday was just one example of the promise that the redshirt sophomore has shown in his first season as a starting outside linebacker. After missing the majority of his first season at Wisconsin with a foot injury, Biegel emerged as a potential future talent after last season when he played in all 13 games, recording 25 tackles with two sacks.But this season, Biegel has stepped up his game as the starting outside linebacker for UW. Through nine games this season, Biegel has the most sacks on the team (6.5) and is tied for the team-high in tackles for loss (12). His 39 tackles are also fifth on the team while he has recovered a team-high two fumbles.According to fellow outside linebacker and Biegel’s roommate off the field junior Joe Schobert, the improvement from Biegel this season can be attributed to him simply relaxing on the field.“I think [he’s] just playing more relaxed,” Schobert said. “Last year he had fast feet, always wants to go a hundred miles an hour. I think he’s been way more relaxed this year, diagnosing the play and then reacting to it. And then he can just use his athleticism to make plays.”Biegel has also been the beneficiary of a unique positional coach. Not only does Andersen head the Badgers, he also works with the Badgers’ outside linebackers, including Schobert and Biegel.Biegel admits that Andersen may put more pressure on him, but it has definitely paid off in the long run.“I would definitely say Gary [Andersen] has been more tough on me than other players,” Biegel said. “Coach Andersen is actually my position coach, so having him be my position coach, he’s definitely put a little extra pressure on me. But also he just lets me be myself out there. Lets me kind of go out there and be relaxed and kind of just play my game of football.”However, the pressure that Andersen has been putting on Biegel has made him arguably one of the best players on a Wisconsin defense that ranks in the top five of all major defense categories and is the top defense in the nation in terms of yards per game. This season, Biegel has cemented himself as a consistent playmaker on one of the best defenses in the country.“It’s all a credit to that kid,” Andersen said of Biegel’s improved performance this season. “He’s a big part of that defense now, and he’s a big-time playmaker.”But while Biegel has improved on his technique, pre-snap awareness and overall play this season, one thing has remained a constant throughout this football career, even going back to his Pop Warner days as a kid in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin: his craziness on the field.For Biegel, this season he’s been able to control that craziness on the field, which he attributes to his increased success.“I would kind of say it’s controlled craziness,” Biegel said. “Maybe earlier in my career I wasn’t as controlled, but as the reps and as the more experience I’ve gotten, I’ve kind of been able to control my aggression and control my emotion, which I think is beneficial to me.”Even more so this season than last season, UW defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has seen Biegel’s intensity positively reflect on his teammates. Rather than being too crazy, it’s something that Biegel and the rest of the defense has used to their advantage.“I think it’s a very good thing,” Aranda said of Biegel’s self-proclaimed craziness. “I think it rubs off on our guys in a positive manner. I think they look to him to get big plays. They look to him to bring some juice out on the field, so it’s a much different huddle than what we’ve had in the past.”While this season’s linebackers may not have the name recognition or presumed talent of past linebackers at UW, Biegel certainly thinks their bond on the field makes up for any presumed lack of talent.“We don’t have necessarily the most skilled guys at all the positions as compared to last year, but I think our defense just clicks,” Biegel said. “I don’t like to go at numbers, but having the number one defense in the nation, I think our defense just clicks well with one another. We have great communication from the defensive line all the way through the secondary, and we hope to keep that going the rest of the season.”While Biegel may lead the Badgers in some major defensive categories, he knows his role is simple and one that hopefully can impact the game.“I consider myself a pass rusher, an outside linebacker and a playmaker,” Biegel said. “I expect myself to be that and moving forward the rest of my career.”last_img read more

August 29

Donkomi: Santi Cazorla joins Al – Saad

first_img Source: Yahoo.com Former Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has signed with Al-Saad, the Qatari club has disclosed.The club said on Twitter it “reached an agreement” with the former Spain international and he will “soon” arrive in Doha to “complete the formalities and join the team.”Al-Saad is coached by former Barcelona great Xavi Hernández.The 35-year-old Cazorla had been playing with Villarreal, which finished fifth in this year’s Spanish league.Cazorla missed several seasons because of a series of injuries that threatened his career.last_img read more